Interview and Giveaway: Kristin Miller, author of Intervamption

Welcome to Day 4 of Fall Into Urban Fantasy! Kristin Miller, author of Intervamption is here today, and we’re offering up a copy for giveaway, so be sure to see the details at the end of the post!

Please welcome Kristin to the blog!

Your debut, Intervamption, is fun, gritty, and action packed! Did you always want to be a writer?
Thanks, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Oddly, creative writing never came easy for me. I didn’t keep journals. I didn’t develop characters in my free time. I was the college student who struggled to write decent short-stories in required English classes. But I always loved reading and studying the use of language in my favorite books. It wasn’t until an idea struck me—a girl has visions of Death before he arrives—that I tried my hand at writing a novel. Although that story went through two major overhauls before it saw the light of day, it was great practice. As it turns out, I just needed to loosen up and toss the rules of writing out the window! After I did that, the creative ball got rollin’ and it hasn’t stopped since! (I’ve written four and a half books and a novella in under three years.)

I don’t have to ask who your favorite authors were growing up, but I will ask (being a huge Koontz fan) what your fave Koontz novel is. Watchers and Lightning were a toss-up for me.
Oh, great question. Dean Koontz such a talented writer, it’s hard to put my finger on a solid favorite…but…I’d have to say Cold Fire, simply because it influenced me so much. It released in the early nineties. I think I was eleven when I read it and, oh boy, did it spark a fire for dark suspense inside me. That kind of novel was all I read from there on out.

What made you decide on vamps, as opposed to other supernatural baddies?
There is something very primal and sexual about the claiming bite of a vampire—at least the vampires in the world I write. My vampires are born with a different genetic makeup than humans. You can’t be “turned” from one of their bites and they’re certainly not “undead”. They’re warm-blooded and compassionate, yet sensitive to daylight and hungry for blood. The fact that the Vampires of Crimson Bay want to nuzzle into your neck and take an erotic draw from your vein, is not only physical necessity…it’s also a part of the mating process and very hot to write—and read!

I love your twist on shifters with the therians! If you had to choose to be a vamp or a therian, which would it be, and why?
I’d chose to be a vamp, I think. Although therians get a bad rep in the book, and I believe there are good members of that species living behind the scenes, the Vampires of Crimson Bay are just too bad ass not to want to be a part of.

Your next book in the Crimson Bay series comes out December 6th. Are there plans for more?
Ohh, yeah. Vampires of Crimson Bay #2 (still untitled), is Ruan and Eve’s story. Ruan is the tortured hero, the wounded soul, who deserves love even if he doesn’t believe it. During his journey to find everlasting love with Eve, readers will meet Dante who is an anomaly—not human, not vampire, and certainly not therian. (But I’m not going to tell you what he is, just yet.) It isn’t until Vampires of Crimson Bay #3 (which I’m writing now), that readers will fully understand the murky depths of their world and the creatures that live there. Dante’s book is not under contract yet, so if/when it is, I’ll be sure to let you know. I can tell you this, though…each book gets darker and hotter than the last!

I read in your bio that you’ve traveled to 46 of the 50 US states! Do you have a favorite?
I live in northern California, and it’s great here. I’m within driving distance to both mountains and ocean, and that’s a blessing as I love both so much. I really enjoy traveling to Washington and Oregon, with their lush greenery and rocky shores. And for whatever reason, I have a sweet spot for Colorado. It’s absolutely gorgeous there. I guess I can’t pick a single one!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland. Every time I see a picture of that country, I’m in awe of its beauty. I have plans to travel to Dublin in 2013, so we’ll see!

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done (that you’re willing to share?)
You mean I can’t plead the Fifth?!? Damn…okay, then I know this is going to sound corny, but the most daring thing I’ve ever done is given myself the freedom to downright suck. To be honest, the hardest part about writing a book, isn’t the writing at all. (I mean, that’s hard, we all know.) But, the hardest part for me was giving it to others to read and putting it out into the world. When others read my work I’m vulnerable and open, waiting to hear whether the feedback will be accolades or criticism. It’s a scary place to be. Even now, before I hit SEND to one of my critique partners, I stop, clench my toes, and say a little prayer.

Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share?
I’ll leave the blurb from Vampires of Crimson Bay #2…it’s Ruan’s story, and it’s H-O-T. If you’ve purchased a copy of Intervamption, you know what I’m talking about. (The first chapter from the second installment is included at the end.) Enjoy!

On the run from hungry vampires with his lover under arm, madly possessive RUAN has one thing in mind: keep the dirty fangs of his khissmates off the neck of his one true love—a human with mouth watering blood. The fact that from the moment he invited EVE into his bed, he’s been having eerily real nightmares about violently screwing her, then killing her? Yeah, that part wasn’t fitting too well into his carefully concocted plan to keep her safe.

Eve, a tantalizing biblical studies teacher at Crimson Bay University, has no idea her life is in jeopardy. Ironically, living with the knowledge of paranormal beings and sharing a bed with one of the most cryptic vampires on the planet was not what had her protectively grasping her throat at night. It was the mention of her name in the ancient scrolls; the scrolls written by vampire elders, revealing what’s in store for the end of times…and her spilled blood.

SAVAGE, a villainous vampire-therian hybrid, has a simple plan: kill Eve, drain her dry, thus binding the death shades (dark spirits of vampire elders) to him.

Determined not to let the evil sucker execute his plan by harnessing the dark energy of the elders and killing everyone they’ve come to love, Ruan and Eve set upon a course to stop the future dictated in the scrolls from coming true. It doesn’t take long however, before Ruan realizes that breaking Eve’s heart and erasing himself from her life might be the only way to save her. If only the pull to her wasn’t so strong…

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**GIVEAWAY: Intervamption by Kristin Miller**
1.Giveaway is for one copy of Intervamption by Kristin Miller
2.To Enter, fill out the RAFFLECOPTER form at the end of this post (make sure to read all instructions)
3.Giveaway is open to US ONLY
4.Giveaway ends 9/12/11




30 Comments:

  1. Great interview. I’m with you on traveling to Ireland. I’ve always wanted to go there. The history and the beautiful landscapes.

    ~Kayla
    kcrochet002@gmail.com

  2. I enjoyed reading your interview. This definitely looks like a book I would love. I’m also glad to know a second volume will be coming out too!

    Kelsey d

  3. Awesome interview. I am curious if Krisitn has plans on writing a different genre?

  4. Kayla–Thanks for commenting! I’m counting down until our trip and it’s still a few years away! I hope you find the time to go there sooner than I can!

    Kelsey–Thanks! Vampires of Crimson Bay #2 now has a title–Vamped Up! It releases December 6th, 2011 and I can’t wait. Although the whole book was fun to write, there are certain scenes that were my absolute favorite!

    Teressa–While I don’t have plans to write in a different genre, I’m definitely adding fantasy elements to my next paranormal series. It’s not contracted yet, but I’m working on getting it to a good place. I’d consider writing Young Adult and Urban Fantasy too, but they’re not on my plate at the moment. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I like the way you said you tossed the rules of writing out the window to be successful at it. Nice that there are no rules written in concrete to be an author. For you its just natural talent and skill. Hard to believe that you had a hard time writing earlier on but thank goodness your on a roll now. I sure hope they contract you for the next books in this series soon because after what you said I am dying to find out just what Dante is!! Congratulations on this series. My question to you is, Are you the first author/writer in your family?

  6. I wanna read this book now.

  7. This was a great interview. I really enjoyed reading it. This book looks like something I will enjoy. The cover is fantastic. Do you have anything to do with your covers?

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

  8. I enjoyed the interview. I am looking forward to reading this series, it sounds like an interesting twist to vampires and I do love vampire books. Thanks for the giveaway.

    rachaelmccully@yahoo.com

  9. Hi Thanks for the great post and giveaway. I agree with you about Ireland. Congrats on the successes you’ve had. May you continue to have even more.

    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  10. I always say that if I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Ireland, so I totally agree with you! I’m really excited to read your book – thanks for a chance to win a copy:)

  11. Lady Vampire–Aw, thanks so much! I have high hopes for Vampires of Crimson Bay #3 (all the books for that matter), so I pray readers get a chance to read it. And yes, I’m the first writer in my immediate family.

    Unwritten, RachaelM, Julie, Patti–Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support. Hope you enjoy Intervamption!

    Judy–I agree, the cover is gawgeous. I wish I could take credit for it, but alas, I can’t. My editor and I shared the same idea. We wanted something simple and dark, with a splash of red. And definitely something that popped! Avon’s cover artist captured the feel perfectly! Vamped Up should have a cover soon, too. 😀

  12. I realy enjoyed the interview .Intervamption sounds like an amazing read I love love love vampires .

    flanagan@mebtel.net

  13. Great interview! I’d love to visit all the states someday, so 46 is pretty impressive. I’d love to visit Ireland as well. I empathize with not wanted to be vulnerable to criticism when you write. That is one of the scariest parts of writing I can fathom. Can’t wait to check out Intervamption.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  14. I’m interested in Kristin’s take on vampires. I enjoyed her previous work.

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  16. Wow I really enjoyed the interview. I love vampire novels but prefer them with a twist. It sounds like your book has that twist 🙂 I’m going to be looking for ‘Intervamption’ and adding it to my TBR pile.
    I’m also going to count to see how many states I’ve visited, I know it’s not nearly as many as you but I never tallied them.

    Thanks for a chance to win your book.

  17. I really enjoyed the interview, the books sounds very interesting. Thanks.
    areeths AT new DOT rr DOT com

  18. Awesome, looking forward to reading it!

  19. Loved the interview, I saw your book on Goodreads and thought it looked really good-thank you for the chance to win!

  20. i’m looking forward to reading it! thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

    Terri M

    oklahomamommy0306@gmail.com

  21. Good luck everyone!

    If any of you would like an Intervamption bookmark (whether your name gets picked in the giveaway or not) email your address to kristinmiller02@aol.com and I’ll drop a few in the mail!

    xoxo
    Kristin

  22. This books looks great! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    mictsu613 AT gmail DOT com

  23. I have been curious about this title. Thank you for the lovely interview today and giveaway opportunity. I love author interviews, they make me enjoy the reading of a book even more:)

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  24. Great interview, I’d love to see Ireland to.
    candrbeyer@gmail.com

  25. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  27. Did you visit that many states on vacations or did you move a lot as a child? Just wondering how you managed that many so quickly!

  28. Allison–My parents liked to drive…a lot. Each summer they’d pack my brother and I into our campershell/camper/motorhome/whatever and make a rough route across the country. We’d take the high route from California to New York, skimming over into Canada and down by Niagra Falls before heading back. We’d take the low route through New Mexico and over to Texas, then up and around through the plains. Guess you could say I’ve made MANY loops around the country. I’ve visited Hawaii with my husband (that’s where he proposed…on the beach…at sunset :wink:), and the southern states for some friends’ weddings.

    Now I just gotta work on upping my “countries visited” numbers!

  29. Thanks for the interview, Kristin! And thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  30. Great interview, sounds like a great read!!!

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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